Posts Tagged ‘Hong Kong’

Learning by looking

Learning by looking

Picture books seek survival in Hong Kong By Crystal Wu The winter sun shines down warmly on the families gathered for a reading activity at the spacious lawn of the Peak’s Mount Austin Playground. It is a lazy Sunday afternoon, and parents and children bask in the sunlight, reading picture books they chose from a pile […]

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Square Peg in a Round Hole

Square Peg in a Round Hole

How high school dropout Cesar Harada ended up building robots to clean up oil spills, travelling around the world and starting Makerbay in Hong Kong.

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Same Same but Different

Same Same but Different

It seems fun to be a twin, but then there’s the endless comparision, and poor families find it hard to support an additional child. Varsity speaks with twins of different ages to hear their stories.

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If I Had a Hammer

If I Had a Hammer

Hidden among the car repair shops in To Kwa Wan is this little warehouse where you can learn about carpentry.

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Pups on Board

Pups on Board

Want to take your pet out for a trip but don’t have a car? 99Bus may be your solution.

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Divided families, divided identities

Divided families, divided identities

On the first working day after the handover on July 1st 1997, the mainland-born children of Hong Kong permanent residents lined up to claim residency rights under Article 24 of the Basic Law, kicking off a years-long struggle known as the right of abode saga. The impact of the legal battles and discourse over mainland new arrivals affect us even today.

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Mind your language!

Mind your language!

In 1997, the government announced a dramatic shift in education policy, replacing English with Chinese as the medium of instruction in Hong Kong schools. Not long afterwards it said it was making the teaching of Chinese in Putonghua a long-term goal. These were just some of the big education reforms that have been instituted in the last 20 years, which have left teachers scrambling to adapt and keep up, and students struggling under heavy workloads.

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Losing Hongkongers’ Hearts

Losing Hongkongers’ Hearts

Hongkonger’s sense of identity and the extent to which they consider themselves to be Chinese have changed in the 20 years since the handover. We talk to those born at pivotal moments in Hong Kong’s recent history – 1967, 1984 and 1997 – and ask how the experiences of their formative years have affected how they see China.

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Localist Chan Chak-to seeks to collaborate with other members of Election Committee’s IT Subsector

Localist Chan Chak-to seeks to collaborate with other members of Election Committee’s IT Subsector

Localist Chan Chak-to seeks to collaborate with other members of Election Committee’s IT Subsector

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Life with an Extra Chromosome

Life with an Extra Chromosome

A new non-invasive test for Down Syndrome in foetuses is safer and more accurate, and may some day wipe out the genetic disorder. Varsity chats with some members of the Downs community to find they live rich, meaningful lives and contribute fully in their workplaces.

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